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Introduction. PROBLEMS OF KNOWLEDGE: The brain in a vat; Plato's cave; The veil of perception; Cogito ergo sum; Reason and experience; The tripartite theory of knowledge. MIND MATTERS: The mind-body problem; What is it like to be a bat? The Turing test; The ship of Theseus; Other minds. ETHICS: Hume's guillotine; One man's meat...; The divine command theory; The boo/hoorah theory; Ends and means; The experience machine; The categorical imperative; The golden rule; Acts and omissions; Slippery slopes; Beyond the call of duty; Is it bad to be unlucky? Virtue ethics. ANIMAL RIGHTS: Do animals feel pain? Do animals have rights? LOGIC AND MEANING: Forms of argument; The barber paradox; The gambler's fallacy; The sorites paradox; The king of France is bald; The beetle in the box. SCIENCE: Science and pseudoscience; Paradigm shift; Occam's razor. AESTHETICS: What is art? The intentional fallacy. RELIGION: The argument from design; The cosmological argument; The ontological argument; The problem of evil; The freewill defence; Faith and reason. POLITICS, JUSTICE AND SOCIETY: Positive and negative freedom; The difference principle; Leviathan; The prisoner's dilemma; Theories of punishment; Lifeboat Earth; Just war. Glossary. Index.
Ben Dupre read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford, before pursuing a career in publishing. He was responsible for children's reference books at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of elucidating difficult ideas for a popular audience. He is the author of Places of Destiny (published in the US as Where History was Made), 50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know and 50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know. A devotee of baseball and a gifted performer on both harpsichord and viola da gamba, Ben lives in North Oxford with his family.